The ad submitted to WRC Monday parodies TransCanada CEO Russ Girling and its suspect claims that the pipeline would lead to energy independence and create tens of thousands of jobs. The Hill’s Ben Geman noted that an oil industry-run group immediately criticized the new ad.
“After a careful review, it was determined that this ad violates our guidelines. We have communicated that to the advertiser,” a WRC spokesperson said.
According to NBC’s advertising guidelines, anything that appears to be “an attack of a personal nature, a direct attack on an individual business or a comment on a private dispute” can be considered unacceptable content.